Four Tasmanian families have lost their children after a horrific jumping castle tragedy at a Tasmanian primary school this morning.
The jumping castle was blown 10 metres into the air due to heavy winds with several children inside.
Two children dead, several more injured
Several of the children fell from the height of about 10 metres and are currently receiving medical treatment. It has been reported that four of the children who fell have died from the substantial injuries sustained during the fall. The children are all reportedly in grade six, two boys and two girls.
The heartbreaking incident unfolded at Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport around 10am this morning.
Ambulance Tasmanian explained that several vehicles were at the scene with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter on its way.
The school also made a post on social media explaining that there was an accident on-site at the school and asking parents to “come and collect their children as a matter of urgency”.
The school is closed for the rest of the day.
Wind to blame
While it is unknown how many children have been injured, it has been reported that some children have experienced “serious injuries” and are in critical condition.
Tasmanian police said in a statement,
A wind event caused a jumping castle to lift into the air.
Tragically I can confirm that there are two deceased children after an incident today at Hillcrest Primary School.
This is a very tragic event and our thoughts are with the families and the wider school community, and also our first responders. There is no doubt that this has been a very confronting and distressing scene.
Counselling is being made available to the families affected by this in the school community along with the first responders.”
‘A horrific tragedy at this time of year’
Prime Minister Scott Morrison also commented on the awful accident, stating,
It is just unthinkably heartbreaking. Young children on a fun day out, together with their families and it turns to such a horrific tragedy, at this time of year, it just breaks your heart.
And I just want to say, on behalf of all Australians – to the parents and families and friends, all who were there, to the other young children there and witnessing these events, I just pray you‘ll have great family around you and great friends and you can come through this horrific tragedy.”
Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by this absolutely shattering accident.
Police are expected to hold a media conference on Thursday afternoon. More to come.